With energy bills soaring many of us are researching alternative ways to keep warm in bed this winter. In fact, according to some sources, Google searches of ‘how to keep warm without heating’ have risen by a whopping 7,900 percent. Indeed, sleep is one of the cornerstones of both physical and mental health. To achieve optimal sleep, we need to be comfortable in bed and that means staying warm. Here at Beds on Legs, we’ve come up with 7 tips that won’t break the bank to help you stay warm in bed this winter.
One of the simplest ways to stay warm in bed this winter is by investing in a higher tog duvet. Basically, a tog is a rating that refers to the duvets ability to retain heat. The higher the tog, the warmer the duvet. For winter we would recommend getting a duvet that has a tog rating of between 12 and 15 depending on your needs. If you share a bed with someone and have different needs then it might be worth using single duvets. This can help to ensure both parties are comfortable. Don’t worry you can still sneak under each other’s duvets for a snuggle!
Another alternative is to layer your bedding. This is particularly useful if you find that you get warmer as the night progresses. Or perhaps you might want the ability to adapt your bedding depending on how cold the evening is. For a little added warmth then a blanket or two is ideal. Or if you really want to get your cosy on then a thicker eiderdown might be more suitable.
Warm PJ’s are a great way of keeping warm in bed. However, you need to pay close attention to the material of your PJ’s. Natural fabrics such as silk and cotton are your best option. This is because natural fabrics are breathable and you won’t end up in a sweaty mess in the middle of the night!
You know what they say…warm feet, good night’s sleep. Well, we might have made that saying up but it’s actually true. Think of your feet as the temperature sensors of your body. If you keep your feet warm, then the rest of your body will follow. Whilst it might be tempting to put a pair of ski socks on it is generally best to wear a thinner pair of socks to prevent any overheating.
This one might seem illogical, but an electric blanket is a cost effective way to get your bed warm and toasty before a kip. Indeed, an electric blanket only costs approximately 3p per hour to run according to sleepseeker. The best way to keep running costs down is to turn your blanket on just one hour before you hit the sack.
An oldie but a goldie, you can’t beat taking a hot water bottle to bed to get you nice and warm. Remember a hot water bottle should never be placed directly against the skin so either buy a cover or wrap it in something suitable. However, it is advisable to invest in a new hot water bottle every two years as they can perish with age.
If you share a bed with a significant other or even a pet, then having a snuggle is a fun way to get warm in bed this winter. What’s more it doesn’t cost a single penny and who doesn’t love a good cuddle!